Saints vs. Eagles: Philadelphia Defense Has Its Hands Full With Drew Brees And Jimmy Graham

By Ryan Wenzell
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles face a daunting task on Saturday evening. They face off against one of the game’s elite quarterbacks, and the game’s elite tight end as the New Orleans Saints‘ explosive offense comes to Lincoln Financial Field.

Much has been made of the weather and conditions, but I find that comical. Drew Brees went to college at Purdue, and Indiana is as cold a place as any in the winter time. He is used to playing in wintry conditions. Jimmy Graham‘s physical dominance on a football field would translate anywhere rain or shine.

Make no mistake about it; regardless of conditions points will be put up on the scoreboard for both teams. The Eagles really had trouble with the tight end last Sunday. Jason Witten torched the Eagles’ linebackers and safeties to the tune of 12 catches for 135 yards.

Whether it was Mychal Kendricks, Nate Allen, or Patrick Chung didn’t seem to matter much. This will be the match up to key in on Saturday between Graham and the Eagles’ opposing linebackers and safeties. Kendricks, the most athletic of the Eagles’ linebackers, will have the main responsibility of trying to shut down Graham.

Good luck with that. Graham is simply too fast for linebackers and too big and strong for defensive backs. He may be the toughest one-0n-one mismatch in the entire league. In all reality, the Eagles will not shut Graham out of this game.

They can only hope to contain him and keep him from exploding for big plays and taking over the game. That would spell trouble for the Eagles’ chances, but I believe Kendricks will be up to the challenge. Besides a few coverage breakdowns, he had a big boy’s game last weekend racking up 12 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. He won’t shy away from this moment.

If the Eagles can contain Graham and get some heat on Brees the Eagles and their fans will come away a happy bunch on Saturday Night.

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